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My chiwaha ( small) dog has been sick days, no fever, has

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My chiwaha ( small) dog has been sick for 2 days, no fever, has orange diarea, shaking, hiding in strange places, acting weird. Help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm really sorry to hear that your boy isn't feeling well - I'll do my best to help.

Is he up to date on his distempet-parvo combination vaccine (commonly called a distemper vaccine)?

With young dogs who are experiencing diarrhea, things that could be going on include infectious viral or bacterial diseases, parasitic diseases, or dietary issues (think: I ate something that doesn't agree with me).

Infectious diarrhea is quite common - think "stomach virus" - while they can feel really yucky with an infectious disease, most of the time it's self limiting and they'll recover on their own with time and TLC. One common exception would be parvovirus, which can cause severe diarrhea (usually accompanied by vomiting too) that can be life threatening.

Parasitic diseases like hook, whip, or round worm infestations or giardia can also cause significant diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. These would require proper diagnosis and treatment from the vet to get better. We check for intestinal parasites by running a fecal floatation test - this would show us if there are any eggs from the most common parasites in his stool.

Dietary indiscretion (I ate something funny) can cause diarrhea too - and we don't always know if they ate something or what, for that matter. Again, treatment for this is mostly supportive and avoidance of the trigger in the future if we know what it was.

When they have diarrhea they can definitely feel sick and act funny like you've described - hiding, etc. If he is doing any vomiting or his appetite is decreased or absent, those would be reasons to seek veterinary care. Other red flags include severe lethargy, abdominal distention or severe abdominal pain, any trouble breathing, or pale or blue coloration to the gums.

A bland diet of three parts boiled white rice mixed with one part boiled chicken or turkey breast or ground beef with the grease rinsed out can be helpful to ease a pet through a bout of diarrhea. This can be continued until the stool starts to firm up again. If that stool isn't getting better by tomorrow I'd be calling the vet - it's been long enough to merit an exam.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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